The history of the fire risk assessment can be traced to the Regulatory Reform Order of 2005 (also called the Fire Safety order). That piece of legislation was enacted in order to strengthen fire prevention and safety in commercial premises throughout the UK, including apartment blocks, manufacturing facilities, commercial offices and more. The Fire Safety Order states that a “responsible person” must:
The risk assessment should be reviewed on a regular basis (typically at 1-year intervals) with a new assessment being carried out every 5 years. Any time the basic character of the building or office changes (as with a renovation or remodelling) a new fire risk assessment should be conducted.
Many business owners, building managers and landlords do not possess the expertise or time to carry out a fire risk assessment. The ‘responsible person,’ must ensure a fire risk assessment of the premises is carried out and regularly reviewed. The assessment will identify what you need to do to prevent fire and keep people safe. If your business has 5 or more people, you must keep a written record of your fire risk assessment.
Yes, the law allows a building owner, company owner or manager to employ a third-party assessment service to conduct the fire risk assessment, as long as the individual conducting the assessment has been properly trained. If you enlist the services of a third party such as Cleanair UK the person conducting the fire risk assessment must:
Keep in mind that there is currently no legal requirement to submit the fire risk assessment to the fire services unless they have made a specific request for the building owner or company manager to do so.
As well as identifying the fire hazards and how to reduce them, our fire risk assessment will provide you with information on the systems you currently have or do not have in place and how to remedy any areas of non-compliance.
Our fire risk assessments and experienced staff ensure your compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety)Order 2005. We also provide on-going support and technical advice to assist you in carrying out any remedial actions to ensure your continued compliance with current regulations.